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Thread: Soldering with tin
13/12/2019 20:17:01

Pewter mugs are made from tin.

Thread: Why mostly manual cars in UK
08/12/2019 10:27:25

Any clues to what you drive?

Posted by Vic on 08/12/2019 10:06:44:
Posted by vintage engineer on 07/12/2019 21:54:52:

The only reason modern cars have dual mass flywheels is they can cut costs by using weaker crankshafts and gearboxes. It's cheaper to make a dual mass flywheel than stronger cranks and gearboxes.

If you fit a solid flywheel to most modern cars you will snap the crank!

I repeat, my car doesn’t have a dual mass flywheel and it’s not yet three years old.

07/12/2019 21:54:52

The only reason modern cars have dual mass flywheels is they can cut costs by using weaker crankshafts and gearboxes. It's cheaper to make a dual mass flywheel than stronger cranks and gearboxes.

If you fit a solid flywheel to most modern cars you will snap the crank!

07/12/2019 12:26:34

Jaguar autobox fluid is £100 a litre!

Thread: More evidence that the world has gone mad!
07/12/2019 10:22:23

They have a problem in Spain as they are starting to get PC. The Spanish word for the colour black is Negra and Negro!

Don't confuse coño and cono!

Edited By vintage engineer on 07/12/2019 10:25:56

Thread: Why mostly manual cars in UK
07/12/2019 10:18:37

That's OK until one of the ABS sensor fails and then you are up to you neck in the brown sticky stuff! I will stick to my Jeep with manual diff locks rather than rely on dubious electronics!

Posted by old mart on 06/12/2019 20:04:31:

I got a chance to drive a Land Rover Freelander at a test track near Honiton in Devon. It was automatic, and had a number of push button options for driving on slippery surfaces. I was impressed at the difference gained just by pushing a button. I drove it down a 1:3 slope covered in loose pebbles and dirt, completely safely and commented to the instructor that I would not have been happy riding my Beamish Suzuki down there.

Edited By old mart on 06/12/2019 20:06:21

Thread: Nuts
04/12/2019 13:03:12

I was taught that 1 1/2 times diameter was the maximum thread needed any longer thread wouldn't be any stronger.

Thread: Cracking a bolt
04/12/2019 11:02:14

Not all bolts are in tension. Sadly the RAF Red Arrows had one of their pilots killed because a bolt had been incorrectly fitted. The fitters had over tightened the bolt that held the parachute and ejection seat together rendering the parachute inoperable. The bolt was supposed to loose in the pivot but no one told the fitters.RAF Crash

Thread: More evidence that the world has gone mad!
03/12/2019 22:23:06

Ford sold a car in Brazil called a Pinto. Unfortunately it is Portuguese slang for little dick!

Thread: Long bed lathes affected by the tide
29/11/2019 20:46:24

When they built the Shard in London, they had to take a building down first. They were worried about heave when the building was removed as the ground would rise due to the weight being removed.

Thread: Brass Tarnishing
28/11/2019 11:13:17

I tried renaissance wax several times and it's crap. Briwax was the best wax I found to stop tarnishing.

Thread: Aluminium welding
15/11/2019 20:15:47

I have found most of the welding rods are full of silicon and other crap. I normally make my on rods out of the same material as I welding or I just cut up ali sheet into strips.

If you are gas welding ali you need to use American flux as the EU flux has changed and is next to useless.

Thread: Moore and Wright Micrometer
02/11/2019 01:05:27

I would suspect it's a press fit.

Thread: Cast iron welding electrodes
29/10/2019 12:26:07

When ever I weld cast iron, I heat up the weld area to a cherry red with a pepper pot burner, then weld it but use a circular action to pool the rod with the base metal. Then reheat the site to cherry red and pack in dry sand. The alternative is to metal stitch the crack cold.

Edited By vintage engineer on 29/10/2019 12:27:00

Thread: Jacobs model 6414 chuck - removal
27/10/2019 13:48:25

Does this help? **LINK**

Thread: Mills with tilting heads..?
26/10/2019 12:24:41

Yes it was part of the question in the post!

Posted by David Standing 1 on 26/10/2019 11:51:59:
Posted by vintage engineer on 26/10/2019 11:23:34:

I think Warco do one.

I don't think that was the original question smiley

26/10/2019 11:23:34

I think Warco do one.

Thread: Better work
25/10/2019 22:35:11

I used to run a blacksmith business and I used to have the opposite problem. I would get a commission to make a pair of gates, when I finished them i was never happy with them. My customers were always extremely pleased with my work. When I saw my later on I used to see them I used then appreciate how good they were!

I was told engineers rarely make good clock makers or blacksmiths!frown

Thread: Reaming a large diameter by hand
25/10/2019 09:25:22

I would set it all up in mill so as everything is straight and rigid.

Thread: Stripped thread / Pultra P type
25/10/2019 09:23:50

If it doesn't take a high load. You could clean the brass nut and tin it, the drill a hole in one side, fit the cross shaft and pour white metal into the hole.

This was a quite common method for making steering box female worms.

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